From ‘Carol’ to ‘Heaven Knows What’: 2015’s Gotham Award Nominations

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This morning, the 2015 Gotham Awards nominations were announced and the nominees look to highlight a potpourri of some the year’s most beloved films from both renowned directors like Todd Haynes (Carol) and brilliant filmmakers on the rise like John Magary (The Mend). The ceremony will be held on November 30 at Cipriani Wallstreet with tributes to celebrated artists Robert Redford, Helen Mirren. and Haynes. Check out the full nominees list below.

Best Feature

Carol— Todd Haynes, director; Elizabeth Karlsen, Tessa Ross, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley, producers (The Weinstein Company)

The Diary of a Teenage Girl— Marielle Heller, director; Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Samit, Miranda Bailey, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)

Heaven Knows WhatJosh and Benny Safdie, directors; Oscar Boyson, Sebastian Bear-McClard, producers (RADiUS)
+ read our interview with Safdie brothers here

SpotlightTom McCarthy, director; Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Blye Pagan Faust, producers (Open Road Films)

TangerineSean Baker, director; Darren Dean, Shih-Ching Tsou, Marcus Cox & Karrie Cox, producers (Magnolia Pictures)
+read our interview with Baker here

Best Documentary

Approaching the ElephantAmanda Rose Wilder, director; Jay Craven, Robert Greene, Amanda Rose Wilder, producers (Kingdom County Productions)
+ read our interview with Wilder here

Cartel LandMatthew Heineman, director; Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin, producers (The Orchard and A&E IndieFilms

Heart of a DogLaurie Anderson, director; Dan Janvey, Laurie Anderson, producers (Abramorama and HBO Documentary Films)

Listen to Me MarlonStevan Riley, director; John Battsek, RJ Cutler, George Chignell, producers (Showtime Documentary Films)

The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer, director; Signe Byrge Sørensen, producer (Drafthouse Films)
+ read our interview with Oppenheimer here

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

Desiree Akhavan for Appropriate Behavior (Gravitas Ventures)
+ read our interview with Akhavan here

Jonas Carpigano for Mediterranea (Sundance Selects)

Marielle Heller for The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Sony Pictures Classics)

John Magary for The Mend (Cinelicious Pics)
+ read our interview with Magary here

Josh Mond for James White (The Film Arcade)

Best Screenplay

Carol, Phyllis Nagy (The Weinstein Company)

The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Marielle Heller (Sony Pictures Classics)

Love & Mercy, Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner (Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate, and River Road Entertainment)

Spotlight, Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (Open Road Films)

While We’re Young, Noah Baumbach (A24)

Best Actor*

Christopher Abbott in James White (The Film Arcade)

Kevin Corrigan in Results (Magnolia Pictures)
+ read our interview with Corrigan here

Paul Dano in Love & Mercy (Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate, and River Road Entertainment)

Peter Sarsgaard in Experimenter (Magnolia Pictures)

Michael Shannon in 99 Homes (Broad Green Pictures)

Best Actress*

Cate Blanchett in Carol (The Weinstein Company)

Blythe Danner in I’ll See You in My Dreams (Bleecker Street)

Brie Larson in Room (A24 Films)

Bel Powley in The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Sony Pictures Classics)

Lily Tomlin in Grandma (Sony Pictures Classics)

Kristen Wiig in Welcome to Me (Alchemy)

Breakthrough Actor

Rory Culkin in Gabriel (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Arielle Holmes in Heaven Knows What (RADiUS)

Lola Kirke in Mistress America (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
+ read our interview with Kirke here

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez in Tangerine (Magnolia Pictures)

Mya Taylor in Tangerine (Magnolia Pictures)

 

Benicio Del Toro Heads to Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’

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Last week we brought you word that Paul Thomas Anderson’s follow-up to this year’s brilliant duel character study The Master, would begin shooting this month. His adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s stoner detective novel Inherent Vice has been in the works since 2010, but is finally set to start production thanks to Warner Bros. backing and Robert Elswit shooting the picture. And now, as expected, the cast list seems to be rolling in with Benicio del Toro now in talks to join the cast of Anderson’s counterculture noir film. 

We learn from The Wrap that Del Toro would be taking on the role of an attorney who is "always trying to help the protagonist out of trouble, though he’s not an actual criminal lawyer." Not the lead role, but knowing Del Toro, this could be a memorable one. My mind wanders to his wonderful Dr. Gonzo. In addition, Cigarettes & Red Vines tells us that Anderson has once again brought on Kevin J. O’Conner for the picture, whom we’ve seen in There Will Be Blood and The Master

So this is just the beginning of the casting influx but in the coming months there’s sure to be plenty of information so if you’re as excited for this as I, stayed tuned—we’ll be keeping close watch. In the meantime, let’s watch some more videos of PTA talking movies.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’ Shooting This Month With Robert Elswit as DP & WB Backing

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Back in January, we shed light on Paul Thomas Anderson’s next feature, the long-discussed adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice. As the first authorized cinematic revisiting of the author’s work, the project was announced back in 2010 and has since made its way around the rumor mill, with various speculations as to who would comprise of the cast, just when it would begin production, and who would backing the film.

And today, Cigarettes & Red Vines announced that shooting is set to go underway this month, thanks to finding its backing from Warner Bros. It was assumed that Annapurna Pictures, who financed and saved The Master would be taking on the project. But in an "amicable" decision, WB has taken the reigns and will mark PTA’s first time working with the studio. With Robert Downey Jr. initially as the leading candidate to take on the role of  Sportello—a stoner detective in Pynchon’s counter-culture noir—Joaquin Phoenix is now slated for the role, after he and Anderson’s impressive work together on The Master.  As for the rest of the cast, nothing has been announced but it’s safe to assume we’ll be getting a deluge of updates on that later this month as production kicks off.

In addition, although Mihai Malaimare Jr. gave us the incrediblly vast and stunning world of Freddie Quell and Lancaster Dodd, Robert Elswit will in fact be reprising his role of cinematographer on this one. After working on all of PTA’s films, save The Master, the Oscar-winning DP will be reunited with his old pal, shooting Inherent Vice on 35mm—no digital. Centering on the story of said Sportello uncovering a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer in 1960s Los Angeles, the film will apparently be PTA’s "first foray into comedy." However, as we noted a few months back: 

Lest we forget, Punch-Drunk Love—an early-Altman-esque film about an emotionally inept man who collects pudding to amass frequent flyer miles and has a crying problem, who falls in love with an equally bizarre woman, in a world where aesthetics and mood go hand in hand while pieces of Jeremy Blake’s abstract art are spliced like tonal cue cards between moments—was Anderson’s attempt at a mainstream romantic comedy. 
So yes, if this is comedy, full speed ahead. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this one. And in the meantime, let’s watch some videos of young PTA talking about movies because, what better way could you spend your morning?
 

Watch the 20-Minute Reel of Deleted Scenes From ‘The Master’

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Although I would love nothing more than to put the films of 2012 to bed for a short while, The Master remains in a category of its own. Paul Thomas Anderson’s in-depth character study of two distorted minds was as deeply mean and it was human and beautiful and serves as one of the most well-crafted features in recent memory; so I am totally down to watch as much of it as possible.

And now, the 20-minute reel of deleted scenes that’s included among the extras on The Master DVD, which Anderson also screened last fall, has made its way online. Check out the video below via The Playlist and HERE to dive even deeper into the new footage.

‘The Master’ to be Re-Released in Select Theaters This Friday

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If you still haven’t Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, don’t even think about watching it on your computer. Whether awards season recognizes it or not, Anderson’s in-depth character study of two distorted minds set against a massive landscape that’s as deeply mean and brutal as it is beautiful and human, the film serves as one of the most well-crafted features of the year. Brought about by a director who truly knows how to coax incredible performances from his actors The Master showcases some of the finest acting I’ve seen in a long time, with cinematography that feels massive and emotionally all-encompassing—all enhanced by Jonny Greenwood’s stunning score. This is a muscular film to be played large; it would be a shame to see it for the first time in any minimalistic way. Watching Anderson’s film play out in the dark of a theater allows you to connect with the characters, truly falling into the picture, leaving you exhausted by the end of it all as if you’ve carried the weight of their world around with you. And this weekend, both new viewers and lovers of the film will get the chance to see the film once again on the big screen.

In anticipation for the Academy Awards and Blu-Ray release, The Master will be re-released in theater tomorrow for select cities.

Here’s where it will be showing:

Los Angeles (Arclight Hollywood) in 70mm
Chicago (Landmark Sunshine City Centre)
Philadelphia (Ritz at the Bourse)
San Francisco (Opera Plaza Cinema)
Washington, D.C. (E Street Cinema)
New York (Cinema Village East)

And for those of you in New York and looking to celebrate seeing the film, there will be a screening at the Crosby Hotel Screening Room as part of their Sunday Night Film Club. Enjoy dinner and a movie for $55 per person, or cocktail, bar plate, and movie for $35 per person. 

Surely, you can clear your schedules. But for now, let’s have a listen to some of the striking score to get us in the mood.

Check Out the Pilot for ‘The Jon Brion Show’ Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

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Despite the lack of Academy recognition, it’s an indisputable fact that Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the greatest working filmmakers of our time who has put out some of the best films of the past two decades. I mean,just think about the fact that Boogie Nights was released when Anderson was only 27—the man is a genius. No one gets better performances out of their actors—just watch this scene of Julianne Moore from Magnolia on repeat for a master class in character. But anyhow, this morning PTA decided to grace us with a video under his YouTube channel Al Rose Productions. Unrelated to The Master, the video turned out to be a long-lost pilot episode for something called ”The Jon Brion Show.” No further information necessary, I’m sold.

But okay, apparently back in in 1999/2000 Jon Brion shot a television pilot with VH1—”a variety show that would be feature music and comedy of the various performers around LA club Largo at the time (Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple, etc),”—but it was turned down. So, being the master that he is, Anderson took matters into his own hands and went on to shoot his own version “The Jon Brion Show” with three test episodes. The gift that Anderson bestowed upon us this morning features performances form Elliot Smith, Brad Mehldau, and Brion himself. Cigarettes & Red Vines spoke to Anderson a while back about the pilot:

OK. What about The Jon Brion Variety Show? I heard that he originally shot a pilot for VH1 & they didn’t like it. So you went back & directed a few episodes with Jon, Aimee, Fiona, etc.?
Yeah. Jon tried to do a thing with VH1, but I never even saw what they did. He didn’t like it. I said there’s a way we can do something & we should experiment. So, we just basically shot tests for about three episodes. I paid for it myself & we just did it.

At Largo?
No. At this recording studio called Ocean Way. I rented it, got a few cameras & threw up a couple of lights. No big deal. I had Fiona sing. I had Jon sing. Elliott Smith came by. Bette Midler happened to be recording at the studio next door & was like “I want to sing!” It was insane! Next thing I know, Bette Midler is doing ‘50’s cover tunes. We’re like, “Wow”! So this was all just a test to see the possibility for a music venue or a way to capture what Jon does. I’m still convinced there’s a way to do it. I don’t exactly know how right now. The test showed me all these good things & some bad things.

So, you haven’t presented this to a cable channel or music video channel to air?
No. We’ll sort of revisit it & it will be this ever burning thing. It’s been my own personal pet thing. Once we figure how we want to do it, then we’ll figure out where we want to do it & what sort of venue is best.

Enjoy the full video below.

Which One of These Old White Guys Will Win Another Oscar?

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Happy Oscar Nominations Day! Did you wake up early to watch Seth McFarland and Emma Stone announce the nominees? Can you think of a quirkier couple to do so? Here’s the run-down: they only bothered to come up with nine movies to nominate for Best Picture, they figured Kathryn Bigelow didn’t need any more nominations (probably because of Bridesmaids solving feminism or something last year), and Jessica Chastain with the Julliard degree is up against a nine-year-old. But most importantly: five old white men are gunning for another Oscar in the Best Supporting Actor category. Who will it be?!

Will it be Alan Arkin, showing his range after winning for playing a grumpy, foul-mouthed grandpa in Little Miss Sunshine with his brilliant turn as a grumpy, foul-mouthed film producer in Argo? How about Robert De Niro, who in Silver Linings Playbook gave us the best performance of an old man with OCD tendencies since Jack Nicholson won for As Good As It Gets? Then there’s Philip Seymour Hoffman, who famously raised his voice and twisted his eyeglasses a few times for his Oscar-winning turn as Truman Capote, this time playing L. Rob Hubbard (basically) with his natural, deep voice in The Master. Or will it be Chrisoph Waltz, bringing levity and humor to the American slave trade in the same way he made it OK to finally laugh at—and with—Nazis.

Personally, I think it’s going to be Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln. You see, he sleeps with his black maid (spoiler alert, I guess, although I still refuse to see Lincoln). Remember when he won an Oscar for The Fugitive and said, “I don’t care,” right before Harrison Ford jumped out of that dam? That was a good movie. Hell, just give him another one. Who cares.

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Director’s Guild Award Nominations Fall Short

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Well, the Director’s Guild nominations have come in, and they’ve proved to be entirely predictable. Not a surprise in the house. And that isn’t to say the directors nominated aren’t deserving and that their films don’t merit acclaim but come on, there are so many brilliant films being made and so many talented people at work, that although awards don’t mean everything, it’s just slightly disheartening to see the scope of praise be so narrow.

The nominees are:
Ben Affleck, Argo
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Tom Hooper, Les Miserables
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

But aren’t we missing something? Sure, Django Unchained could have been about 40 minutes shorter, but Quentin Tarantino most definitely deserves accolades for his cinematic achievements. He knows how to craft something that’s universally entertaining while always staying true to his heavily-rooted obsessions and idiosyncrasies as a filmmaker, while coining his own take on an old genre. And what about David O. Russell? Silver Linings Playbook was a heartfelt and challenging film, and if we’re talking purely of directorial skill, he managed to get incredibly nuanced, passionate, and sincere performances out of his actors while crafting something wonderfully enjoyable. Um, not to mention P.T. Anderson for The Master, which was basically a master class on how to direct your actors and build a mise en scène.

I’m hoping the Academy Award nominations will provide a bit more excitement in terms of choices, but that’s always a toss up. The Director’s Guild Award winners will be announcement on Saturday, February 2nd at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

Listen to Jonny Greenwood’s Complete Score for ‘The Master’

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Over the past decade, Paul Thomas Anderson’s films have seemed to change from a Robert Altman-esque tangled web of intersecting personal dramas to intimate character studies set against a Kubrickian level of largeness and detail. There’s no denying his 2007 epic, There Will Be Blood, was one of the best films of the last decade, although his latest, The Master, seemed to have even the most devout P.T. fans on the fence. Personally, I loved the film for its performances, which exhausted me as an audience member just sitting in my seat, feeling as if I was carrying Freddie’s weight along with me. But regardless of your critique, it’s undoubtable that his film’s always feature incredible scores—and with master of arresting musical scores, guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood’s stab at scoring the sense of post-war anxiety, ill-ease, desperation, and manipulation of this world, the film is enhanced to an mystical level that has won him a shot at an Oscar and praise for his musical brilliance.

And now, thanks to The Weinstein Company, you can revisit the haunting experience you first had watching The Master with the release of the full score online. The complete musical addition features what appeared on the original soundtrack but with many more gems—including a second versions of numbers such as “Able Bodied Seaman,” and six “Overtones,” so you can reawaken your psyche to the film all over again. Go make yourself a drink with whatever’s hiding under the kitchen sink, close your eyes, and take a listen.

The Master Complete Jonny Greenwood Score

1. Baton Sparks
2. Able Bodied Seamen v1
3. Time Hole v1
4. Time Hole v2
5. The Split Sabre Combined
6. Overtones v1
7. Alethia
8. Overtones v2
9. Able Bodied Seamen v2
10. His Masters Voice
11. Application 45 v1
12. Overtones v3
13. Overtones v4 and v5
14. Back Beyond
15. Sweetness Of Freddie
16. Overtones v6
17. Back Beyond Credits